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Slain TSA Screener, 39, Was Father of 2

Victim identified as Gerardo Hernandez
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2013 6:12 AM CDT
Slain TSA Agent, 39, Was Father of 2
Los Angeles police and California Highway Patrol officers in front of Terminal 3 Friday.   (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

(Newser) – The first TSA employee killed on duty since the agency was created after 9/11 has been identified as 39-year-old Gerardo Hernandez. “It’s devastating because he was such a great guy," a friend tells NBC Los Angeles."All he talked about was his family." Hernandez, a "behavior-detection officer" tasked with looking for suspicious passengers, had a son and daughter, reports CBS Los Angeles. He is the lone fatality from yesterday's shooting inside LAX.

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Two other TSA workers were hurt in the shooting, reports AP, and their conditions aren't known. Another person suffered a broken ankle amid the chaos. Suspect Paul Ciancia was shot multiple times and remains hospitalized as authorities try to sort out his motive. As reported earlier, he carried a note expressing "disappointment with the government," particularly the NSA, notes the LA Times. He had reportedly texted a sibling back in New Jersey that he was ready to die. (Read more LAX shooting stories.)

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